ENGL 347
Big Game: Adventure, Empire, Ecology Fall 2018 Division I; Cross-listed as ENGL347 / COMP387

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“Big Game: Adventure, Empire, Ecology” asks how the era of imperial expansion and the study of “natural history” leads into our contemporary ecological crisis. We will begin with readings of influential colonial travel and adventure narratives like Robinson Crusoe, the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, sections of Darwin, and Captain Cook’s travel journals, and in-class work with archival materials like the Indian Botanical Survey and the Elphinstone Family Book. In the first weeks, we will consider how the aesthetics of adventure circulated throughout the British Empire in both the East Indies and India, and ramifies elsewhere in the Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Belgian holdings. We will conclude with a suite of readings through which we will attempt to locate a productive intersection between ecocriticism and postcolonial studies, drawing together sensationalist disaster journalism with environmental activism emerging from the Global South. This course will be especially of interest to students in English, Comparative Literature, and Environmental Studies.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1707
Requirements/Evaluation: 20 total pages of writing including a short paper and a revision, and a final research project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level Writing-Intensive course
Enrollment Preference: students in Comparative Literature, English, and Environmental Studies
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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